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Mysterious acute hepatitis, which is known to infect many children and has spread to various countries, including Indonesia, has sparked new concerns in the community. Therefore, to protect children and relatives from this condition, it is important to know the right way to prevent acute hepatitis
Acute hepatitis is inflammation of the liver or liver that lasts less than 6 months. Acute hepatitis is most often caused by infection with the hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E viruses. However, some time ago, mysterious cases of acute hepatitis were found that mostly affect children.
The exact cause of this condition is not yet known. Even so, from the results of laboratory tests, several types of viruses were found that were suspected to be associated with this condition, namely Adenovirus, including type 41, SARS-CoV-2, and the ABV virus, which generally attacks the digestive tract and respiratory tract.
Children who are infected with acute hepatitis are reported to experience several symptoms, namely nausea, vomiting, severe diarrhea, fever, yellow eyes, seizures, and decreased consciousness. In Indonesia, this mysterious acute hepatitis is thought to have caused 7 deaths in children.
How to Prevent Acute Hepatitis
Until now, children aged 1–16 years are the group most at risk of developing mysterious acute hepatitis. However, it is not certain whether adults are completely free from the possibility of contracting this disease or not.
To reduce the risk of mysterious acute hepatitis, everyone needs to take preventive steps by maintaining personal and environmental hygiene, such as:
- Wash your hands with running water and soap or use hand sanitizer regularly.
- Make sure every food and drink you eat is cooked thoroughly.
- Avoid sharing eating utensils and bring your own utensils to make it safer.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and should limit activities outside the home if they are sick.
In addition, don't forget to keep implementing the COVID-19 he alth protocols, such as wearing masks, maintaining physical distance from other people, and reducing mobility.
Prokes COVID-19 is now not only useful for preventing Corona virus infection, but can also prevent the transmission of mysterious acute hepatitis.This is because there is a suspicion that the virus that causes mysterious hepatitis can be transmitted through sneezing, coughing, or contaminated food and drink.
For parents, another effort that can be done to deal with mysterious acute hepatitis is to recognize and be aware of the early symptoms of this disease in children, namely nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, mild fever, dark urine color change, and the defecation is pale white.
If your little one experiences these symptoms, immediately take him to the nearest hospital or he alth care facility, so he can get fast and appropriate treatment.
Don't delay or wait for jaundice and loss of consciousness. The reason is, this condition indicates that acute hepatitis is severe and can be fatal for the little one.
Well, those are some ways that can be done to prevent acute hepatitis. If you still have questions or concerns about this mysterious acute hepatitis, don't hesitate to consult a doctor.